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Tracked vs Wheels

So I purchased a HS80 tracked model a few weeks ago, when it looked like the east coast was in for an early spring. Anyway I got to use my new toy yesterday after doing a bunch of fairly minor work to it and I was very pleased overall, but I found the tracks to be alittle bit cumbersome. Maybe its just getting used to it and I love the height adjustment feature on the tracked model, but turning and other maneuvers seemed to be more of a pain than with wheeled models. Any thoughts?
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Tracked does make it harder to turn tight radius. And on dry pavement it's a pain. I end up sort of doing K-turns. But tracks never spin. I never have to push down on the rear for traction. I've even used it on almost 3 ft of snow by driving on top of about a foot of it to take the top layer off.

In the garage, I took a mover's dolly and screwed a piece of plywood to it. It rides around on that all year so I can move it out of my way easily.

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Good idea!
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I find the best way to turn is by being in motion and skid it around if it doesn't have steering assist. It also helps to apply downward pressure on the handle bars if you're turning around to make a return pass, so as to lighten the pressure on the front of the tracks, applying pressure to the rear to act more like wheels.
Hope this explanation makes sense to you and you enjoy your tracked machine more.

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